• Tikal, Guatemala: Where Ancient History Continues to Reveal Its Secrets

    The centuries-old Maya metropolis continues to surprise.

    Columnist Blaine Brownell visits the great plaza in Tikal National Park, where ongoing archaeological research is evolving contemporary understanding of the Maya civilization.

    ARCHITECT October 22, 2014

  • Enter Your Tech-Driven Projects in the 2015 AIA TAP Innovation Awards

    The deadline for entries in the 10th annual program is Dec. 8.

    ARCHITECT October 21, 2014

  • Scrap Trees Get New Life in Structural Systems

    A Wisconsin-based fabricator's proprietary grading process and novel steel–wood connection redefines structural timber.

    WholeTrees Architecture & Structures in Madison, Wis., finds structural use for small-diameter timber through a proprietary grading process and novel steel–wood connection.

    ARCHITECT October 21, 2014

  • Q+A: Three Questions with Building Robotics Vice President Lindsay Baker

    New ways to collect data are helping to drive decisions about occupant health.

    We talked with the vice president of business development of the intelligent building systems startup about using data to drive decision-making for occupant health.

    ARCHITECT October 21, 2014

  • Efraín Recinos' Teatro Nacional and the Search for Cultural Expression

    The cultural project represents contemporary architecture that celebrates its local context.

    The 1978 civic project in Guatemala City is an example of architecture whose forms reflect and celebrate local history.

    ARCHITECT October 20, 2014

  • Six Enclosures to Work a Nap into Projects

    Travelers, students, and office workers can rest their weary heads in these small spaces.

    Occupants of constant-use spaces such as airports and data centers can get some shuteye in these architectural enclosures.

    ARCHITECT October 17, 2014

  • Greenbuild Preview: Three Product Trends to Watch For

    Be on the lookout for Web-enabled home technology, material disclosures, and bespoke thermal envelopes.

    On view at the annual sustainable design event in New Orleans this year will be Web-enabled home technology, material-disclosure documentation, and bespoke thermal envelopes.

    ARCHITECT October 16, 2014

  • Performance-Based Contracts Put Money Behind the Promise of Green Design

    Performance-based contracts are one way to ensure energy-efficient buildings live up to their namesake.

    To ensure energy-efficient buildings live up to their namesake, building owners and the government may begin expressing their expectations in legal documents.

    ARCHITECT October 15, 2014

  • Tesla Alums Develop a Series of Responsive LED Lamps

    The first product in the line is a BR30.

    Alba is a collection of Web-enabled lamps developed by Stack Lighting, a Silicon Valley tech startup that is a newcomer to the lighting sector.

    Architectural Lighting October 15, 2014

  • University of Alabama Researchers Electrify Cotton and Wool

    The process of strengthening the natural fibers makes them suitable for use as conductors in smart textiles.

    A newly patented method of strengthening natural fibers opens up new materials as electrical conductors in smart textiles.

    ARCHITECT October 15, 2014


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